Egyptian Obelisk Medal
diameter: 1 5/8 in. ( 4.2 cm )
Aluminum struck medal with obverse showing obelisk at right with shield with stars and stripes, and American eagle at left; beneath is oval seal of New York within laurel wreath; sun rising in background; legend around star-studded border: "DISCIPULUS EST PRIORI POSTERIOR DIES." Reverse contains inscription: "Quarried at Syene/and elected at Heliopolis by/THOTHMES III/re-erected at ALEXANDRIA/Under AUGUSTUS/Removed to New York/through the Liberality of/W.H.Vanderbilt/by the skill of/Lieu.Com. H.H. Gorringe U.S.N", surrounded by legend: "PRESENTED TO THE UNITES STATES BY ISMAIL KHEDIVE OF EGYPT/1881"
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